NBA Bans Spring-Loaded Sneakers Designed To Give Players Unfair Ups
The pre-season for the NBA is on its way and next week the tip off for the 2010-11 regular season will begin. The off season was full of drama, with plenty of teams making big time changes. The biggest of which was the “Super Three” which they are called now consisting of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh ending up in Miami.
However the latest news from the NBA is their banning of the Athletic Propulsion Labs’s Concept 1 sneaker. This sneaker uses spring-loaded system to allegedly improve a players vertical leap by a few but apparently significant inches. This is a benefit that the league feels that is not going to be permitted in the NBA.
Founded by 23-year old twins Ryan and Adam Goldston, the Concept 1 has a hard elastic rubber bit that goes from the heel to the forefoot connecting the “Load ‘N Launch” device at the forefoot. That is a spring in between the two piece of plastic that uses energy transformed from the heel to increase you ups. According to some testes done by Sport Illustrated these shoes actually do work by giving players at much as one or three extra inch of air. The NBA said in a statement that “Under league rules, players may not wear any shoe during a game that creates an undue competitive advantage”.
Athletic Propulsion is looking at the bright side of all this, aside from the rumor that 30% of the NBA’s freshman class has placed an order, they are now using the phrase “Banned by the NBA” as their selling slogan. At a price of $300 I’m sure I won’t be seeing it on the feet of anybody I know, however I wouldn’t be surprised if I do.
by Eric Ansah